Pangot-A Small Paradise for Bird Watching, Nainital

About Pangot - A Small Paradise for Bird Watching

Pangot is a small picturesque hamlet famous for its jungles and birds, located just 15 kms from Nainital. Walking into Pangot is like stepping into a remote Himalayan village. It is a birdwatchers paradise and have more than 250 species of birds in and around.

The entire drive to reach Pangot is through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, the main habitats for excellent birding. The forests of Pangot and surrounding areas are dominated by thick Oak, Pine and Rhododendron. The streams passing by the area makes it even more attractive place.

Birds Watching in Pangot

You can see a variety of bird species along the way to Pangot such as Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Blue-winged Minla, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Khalij pheasant are to name a few. One can also spot mammals such as Yellow-throated Himalayan Marten, Sambhar, Himalayan Goral, Barking Deer, Leopard, Civets, Yellow-bellied Himalayan Weasal, Leopard Cat, Serow, Wild Boar, Red Fox etc. The famous Corbett National Park is situated 80 kilometers from Pangot.

The hill station is visited in a huge number by tourists all round the year. The pleasant and spell bounding weather in summers and snow clad mountain peaks in winters attract visitors from all over the world. Pangot is a quiet and calm place which makes it an ideal destination for honeymooners too. It is an incredible place for bird watching, adventurous activities, mountain biking and trekking. The trekking trail starts from Pangot and leads to Naina Peak. Another one leads to Corbett National Park

Activities in Pangot

Bird Watching: Pangot is known for the myriads species of birds that inhabit the region. More than 500 species of birds have been recorded at Pangot including Himalayan griffon, blue-winged minla, khalij peasant and lammergeyer to name a few.

Trekking: Pangot does have few trekking/hiking trails for the adventurers that take some through lush green forests over the ridge and down the valley. There is a popular trekking trail that takes one from Pangot to Naina Peak. Another one leads to Corbett National Park.

Camping: Camping is another activity that is worth trying at Pangot. Camping under a starry night with your family and friends in front of a campfire is a really good way to unwind and relax in the lap of nature.

Staying in Pangot

Referred to as ‘Birdwatcher’s Paradise’, Pangot is a hamlet situated not so far away from Nainital. Being a small village, tourists may have difficulty finding a place to stay as there are only a handful of cottages and resorts at Pangot. One can find few camps in the region as well. Since Nainital is situated only 13 kms from Pangot, many tourists stay at Nainital and visit Pangot on a day-trip.

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Pangot Food Guide

Finding a good restaurant to eat is quite difficult in Pangot. At best one can find few roadside dhabas serving few North Indian dishes along with popular Chinese items. The cottages and resorts located at Pangot have do in-house restaurants and bar that offer a wide variety of delicious and freshly prepared Indian and international cuisines to its guests.

Guidelines for Bird Watching - What to wear during Bird Watching?

Jungle Colours such as beige, brown, khaki and olive green which are least disturbing to the environment and therefore most appropriate comfortable safari clothes and shoes made for easy walking are recommended. Light woollens are suggested for the summer months. Rain gear is essential for the monsoons.

Pangot Weather Guide

Winters (October to March): The days are nice and crisp, but the nights get cold. Great season for bird watching and mountain views.
 Summers (April to June): Cool days with pleasant nights. Good time for birding.
 Monsoons (July to September): Cold days and nights. Good for resident birds.

  • For birdwatchers, it is advised to wear jungle colors such as beige, khaki, and olive green which acts as a camouflage in the woods.
  • Pangot is one of those places in Uttarakhand that can be visited all round the year. However, the best time to travel to Pangot is from March to July.

What is Pangot famous for?

Pangot is famous among tourist as Hill Station and wildlife, Bird watching.

Pangot is recommended destination for Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Solo.

Pangot is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Bird Watching, Emerging Destinations, Hill Station, Weekend Getaway.

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